Book Review: The Wolf Hour

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A girl. A wolf. A witch. A woods. It is a story we know well, or at least, we think we do. Sara Lewis Holmes’ The Wolf Hour takes the old fairy tales,… Continue reading

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History : Contest Closed

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Thank you, Karen Blumenthal, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read Too Much Research? Today we are excited to offer two lucky… Continue reading

Too Much Research?: A Guest Post from Author Karen Blumenthal

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We at Mackin love nonfiction—grown-up books, of course, but especially those written for children and young people. It seems that authors who write for younger readers find such little-known and often, well, ODD… Continue reading

Saving the Wolves

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The return of 14 gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after a 70-year absence was controversial, but I was too busy raising my boys to pay much attention to the dispute… Continue reading

Feeding Their Passion: Discussing our World through a Dystopian Lens

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What is so special about being a young adult is the passion that is still burning. Young adults have just transitioned out of childhood and that awkward middle age of figuring themselves out,… Continue reading

Book Review: Shadow Warrior

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Chiyome knew she wanted to be a ninja.  Kōga, her home, had long been a training ground for them.  She trained for years until, finally, she passed the test and achieved her dream. … Continue reading

Native American Heritage Month

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When I was a sixth grade teacher, one thing I always wanted more of were good books that opened up a dialogue with students about a variety of historical topics. I wanted more… Continue reading

The Journey: Contest – Contest Closed

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Thank you, Francesca Sanna, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read How would you end this story? Today we are excited to… Continue reading

How would you end this story?

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When he was 19, my grandpa Bernard Wevers came to the United States from the Netherlands with his older brother, hoping to find a brighter future. He settled in a little town called… Continue reading

Graphic Novels for Elementary

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I have recently been seeing a lot of new graphic novels coming across my desk this season. These are always exciting for me to take a look at and see what could possibly… Continue reading